'Feet,' 'Casino' keep hold; 'Deja Vu' settles in 3rd
Take top two spots for second week in a rowWarner Bros. Pictures' "Happy Feet" and Sony Pictures' "Casino Royale" were the toppers of the boxoffice for a second week in a row, reaping $37 million and $30.7 million, respectively, over the three-day weekend of the five-day holiday frame. The two pics dominated the Thanksgiving holiday frame, beating out newcomers by a wide margin. They also held on remarkably well, falling 11% and 25%, respectively.
However, the weekend wasn't all full of good cheer as the total grosses for the frame marked a down weekend compared with last year at this time. In fact, the boxoffice was down 2.2% for the three-day period compared with last Thanksgiving, when "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" pulled in $54.7 million, $80 million over the five-day frame.
Of the new releases, the Denzel Washington starrer "Deja Vu" was the highest-grossing film, pulling in $20.5 million for the three-day frame and a third-place finish in the boxoffice ranking. The PG-13 actioner, directed by Tony Scott, outgrossed 20th Century Fox's "Deck the Halls" by a sizable $8 million. "Halls" marked one of two releases from production company Regency Enterprises. The other film, Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain," released by Warner Bros., wasn't much of an audience pleaser either. The R-rated, mind-bending drama grossed $3.7 million for a weak per-screen average of $2,560 and the last spot in the weekend's top 10 ranking. New Line Cinema didn't make it into the top 10 with their film "Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny." The Jack Black starrer opened in the 11th spot with a $3.2 million take for the three-day period.
MGM's release of the Weinstein Co.'s "Bobby" expanded this weekend to 1,667 theaters. The R-rated drama surrounding the death of Robert Kennedy reaped $4.8 million for the ninth spot in the weekend derby. The film, starring a host of actors including William H. Macy, Anthony Hopkins, Lindsay Lohan, Sharon Stone and others generated a B+ from CinemaScore. The exit pollster gave the film an 88% positive rating, with the audience made up primarily of moviegoers over 25.
"Deja Vu" also scored well with audiences. The PG-13 film generated an A- with CinemaScore. Washington was the primary draw for the film, which attracted older audiences fairly evenly split between men and women. The film grossed $28.6 million over the five-day fame.
"Deck the Halls" was not such a fan favorite. The Matthew Broderick-Danny DeVito starrer earned a 77% positive rating from moviegoers. It was mostly women with children who attended the film, attracted to the holiday nature of the movie, which earned $16.9 million over the five-day frame.
"The Fountain" really didn't connect with moviegoers either. According to CinemaScore, the Hugh Jackman-Rachel Weisz starrer earned a 58% positive rating with audiences. The audience makeup was primarily male, over 25, who were attracted both to the subject matter and Jackman in the lead role. Surprisingly, Aronofsky, who has a bit of a cult following due to his previous film "Requiem for a Dream," was not a big draw. The film has earned $5.4 million in its first five days in theaters.
In limited release, Fox Searchlight opened "The History Boys" on seven screens in North America. The film, based on the award-winning stage play, grossed $101,523 for the three-day frame for a per-screen average of $14,503.
Miramax's "The Queen," which added 47 theaters to its run this past weekend, generated an additional $2.5 million. The Helen Mirren starrer has now grossed $20.9 million since it bowed nine weeks ago.
Warner Independent Pictures added 600 playdates to its "For Your Consideration" run. The Christopher Guest-directed film generated $1.9 million over the three-day frame. Its 10-day total stands at $3 million.